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Mini named as best ever British-built car

BRITAIN’S most influential car bosses have teamed up with Auto Express, the UK’s biggest selling weekly car magazine, to name the Best of British.

Following a rigorous voting process, the original Mini was named as the best British-built car of all time, seeing off competition from the Jaguar E-Type and Land Rover Defender.

With a shortlist of 75 models that rolled off production lines in the UK, judges were asked to pick their top 10 based on sales, groundbreaking design or unbeatable performance.

The results highlighted the sheer diversity on offer from Brit-built models with the top 10 including economy runabouts, all-terrain tackling off-roaders, two-seater sports cars, record-breaking exotica and even a humble family saloon.

Auto Express Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said: “This survey is a reminder of how many iconic cars Britain has produced over the years. So many of our Top 50 cars redefined segments and pushed the boundaries of what was possible.

“The spirit of innovation which created models as diverse as the Mini, E-Type and Defender continues today and the British automotive industry should be proud of its achievements and confident of the future.”

Best of British Top 10

  1. Mini
  2. Jaguar E-Type
  3. Land Rover Defender
  4. Aston Martin DB5
  5. McLaren F1
  6. Range Rover Mk1
  7. Ford GT40
  8. Caterham/Lotus Seven
  9. Ford Escort Mk1
  10. Lotus Elise



2 thoughts on “Mini named as best ever British-built car

  1. I get to drive a lot of different cars nowadays but have never driven an original Mini. It’s become a bit of an ambition of mine!

    Posted by carswithasideofcouscous | April 19, 2017, 9:27 pm
  2. I have owned a few in years gone by, including a very sporty original Cooper, and there was nothing else quite like the MIni. Imagine a souped-up dodgem with razor-sharp handling (for those days), amazing roadholding and charisma galore. What they weren’t, though, was comfortable so not the best choice for a long journey. I hope you achieve your ambition to drive one – preferably an original 60s model. (I’ve always wanted to drive an E-Type!).

    Posted by Mister Motor Mouth | April 19, 2017, 10:39 pm

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